Vidabox vCase3 - Slimline HTPC Case
When building a Home Theater PC, the case is quite possibly the most long lasting component and one that if chosen smartly can be used for build after build. While you may swap tuner cards, motherboards, video cards, and more, a good case will provide a foundation for your HTPC builds year after year while looking smart in your family room or home theater. Let's take a look at the updated vCase3 from Vidabox and see if this case has the potential to last through those many builds.
Vidabox is developer of digital entertainment, home automation, and system control solutions. The company was founded in 2005 with custom Media Center PCs and rapidly expanded their product offering from there. Today they provide solutions across the entire spectrum of digital home entertainment to include Media Center PCs, Media Servers, Multizone Audio, Home Automation, Media Extenders, Software, and Accessories.
In today's review we are going to take a look at the Vidabox vCase3 Home Theater PC Case. The vCase3 is a high quality, low profile HTPC case targeted at the enthusiast market who cares about having both a fully functional and visually appealing computer case in their family room or home theater.Let's start with taking a look at what comes inside the box and then later we will look a little closer at all the details of the case. I'm not going to do a full build log with the case today, but we'll bring that to you in a few weeks and take a look at all the considerations of building a Home Theater PC in a low profile case.
Included In The Box
- (1) vCase3 chassis w. Integrated card reader
- (1) vCase3 cover
- (6) Flat head black cover screws
- Accessories Box
- (2) Tie Mounts
- (3) Zip Ties
- (15) Motherboard screws
- (1) Optical Drive Plate Bezel
- (4) Power Supply (PSU) Screws
- (5) White Rubber Vibration-Isolating Screws (for Optical Drive)
- (13) Black Rubber Vibration-Isolating Screws (for Hard Drives)
- (10) Paper offsets (for Motherboard)
- (1) Power Switch Extender cable
On To The Unboxing
For this review, I'm going to take a different apporach to reviewing the specifications. Instead of the normal bland written review specifications with boring words and numbers, MissingRemote.com presents the Photo Gallery of Specifications! (A few clarifying written titles still included as provided by Vidabox along with my thoguthts - which you can do with as you please)
The Vidabox vCase3 is clearly a beautiful and thoughtfully laid out home theater PC case. It provides all of the features an enthusiast requires and makes it easy to quickly build a fully loaded configuration. This slim case can support video cards as powerful as a Radeon HD 5770 and with 3 terabyte storage right around the corner, this case could act as a PVR with 9 terabytes of storage. Pretty crazy in a low profile case that blends right into your AV rack...
Today was just a quick look at the Vidabox vCase3 HTPC Case. In the near future, MissingRemote will be publishing a full build log featuring the Vidabox vCase3 and take a look at the component tradeoffs of building in a slimline HTPC case.
- Absolutely beautiful low profile HTPC case - clean lines and hidden access to ports.
- A lot of flexibility in a low profile case - 3 hard drive bays, full size PSU
- Lots of little special touches - rubber gasket screws, quick lock drive bays, integrated card reader
- Quality costs money - a little more expensive than your average PC case
- The blue LED (power on) is really, really bright! (We'll see this in the build log)
- Could use an internal tray/window for placement of an IR receiver above the integrated card reader - but this might just be my personal preference.
Thanks to Vidabox for providing the review unit.